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Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant

Information regarding the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant.

Sections 2222-2225 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 authorizes the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant. This competitive grant advances literacy skills through the use of evidence-based practices, activities and interventions, including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing. The grant will serve children from birth through grade 12, with an emphasis on disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English learners, and children with disabilities. The grant also has two priorities: (1) projects that include evidence-based family literacy strategies and (2) projects that increase educational options for groups of students who have traditionally been underserved.

The California Department of Education (CDE) was awarded $37.5 million in CLSD grant funds to leverage and expand existing statewide infrastructure, guidance, and expertise to bring coherence to the system of literacy supports to improve student outcomes over a period of five years. Project objectives include:

  • Align local and state literacy initiatives through a coordinated effort to build state and local capacity over the life of the project.
  • Develop and implement an evidence-based comprehensive state literacy plan that aligns and integrates state literacy initiatives, content standards, and state guidance documents to support teachers of students birth through grade twelve.
  • Build local capacity to establish, align, and implement local literacy initiatives that emphasize family and community involvement to address the needs of California’s most vulnerable children.

The CDE will award a county office of education (COE), or a consortia of COEs, in each of the 11 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association regions. The selected grantees will support the project objectives outlined above. For additional information on the CSLD grant proposal, please see Item 10 of the State Board of Education July 2019 Agenda (DOCX).

In 2020, the CDE will announce a Request for Applications (RFA) to fund the CLSD competitive grant awards. New information and guidance will be added as it becomes available.

Comprehensive Statewide Literacy Needs Assessment

Data from the Comprehensive Statewide Literacy Needs Assessment will help inform the CDE’s state literacy plan, one of the major objectives of the CLSD grant. On December 24, 2019, the CDE invited all California local educational agencies (LEAs) to participate in this survey. The survey is now closed. However, LEAs can still download the Word version of the survey below to use as a tool.

Comprehensive Statewide Literacy Needs Assessment (DOCX)

A technical assistance webinar External link opens in new window or tab. was held on January 8, 2020. The CDE encourages LEAs to view this webinar to learn more about the needs assessment process.

State Literacy Plan

A major objective of the CLSD grant is to develop and implement a comprehensive State Literacy Plan (SLP) that aligns and integrates state literacy initiatives, content standards, and state guidance documents to support teachers of students birth through grade twelve. On March 23–24, 2020, the CDE virtually convened a SLP team comprised of educators and literacy experts across California to provide input on a draft SLP. Learn more about the team and review the presentation provided to them on the CDE’s SLP Team web page.

More information on the SLP, including opportunities for stakeholder feedback, is forthcoming.

Program Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) (see Sections 2222–2225 on pages 172 through 180 of the legislation)

Additional Information

CDE November 4, 2019 News Release

Stay informed on the CLSD grant! Join the CLSD listserv by sending a blank email to: join-california-literacy-state-development-program@mlist.cde.ca.gov

Questions:   Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant Program | CLSDP@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-4630
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 22, 2020